Are there alligators in springs?

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by ScubaIvan, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. ScubaIvan

    ScubaIvan Angel Fish

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    Hello all. I am still pretty new to diving and not the most knowlegable in wildlife. My questions is are there alligators in springs that we go diving in (i.e. Ginnie, Alexander, Rainbow, etc.) Is it too cold for them they are reptiles and are cold blooded. How do we go about avoiding them any suggestions or thoughts. Has anyone come across one? *GULP*

    Thanks.
     
  2. chickdiver

    chickdiver Scuba Instructor

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  3. xiSkiGuy

    xiSkiGuy Single Diver

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    There was one in hanging out at Peacock earlier this year. It was a little creepy to finish your dive and see it looking at you 10 feet away.

    One of the Park Rangers claimed that snorkelers had been petting it! :11: Needless to say they relocated it.
     
  4. LiteHedded

    LiteHedded Deep South DIR

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  5. Damselfish

    Damselfish Orca

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    bet those aren't the answers you wanted to hear. ;)
     
  6. eandiver

    eandiver Humbolt Squid

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    In Florida there is a chance for an alligator in any body of water.
    The more popular and crowded springs ( Ginnie) have fewer or none than the lesser visited springs (Peacock) but there still may be a gator around even with crowds (Alexander). The vast majority of them will leave you alone if you do the same.

    Spring time is mating season and they become more aggressive. I have come across several while river diving and kayaking and never had a problem.

    Always buddy up with a slower diver......it gives you the edge. :)
    Swim with a lot of people.......takes the gator longer to decide so again you have the edge. :)
     
  7. Surelyshirly

    Surelyshirly Single Diver

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    I asked this same question when I started diving and here is what I was told
     
  8. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Giant Squid

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    Gators?

    Only if you are lucky!
     
  9. flatwood

    flatwood Single Diver

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    Someone told me that there was a gator at morrison springs so large that it was eating the cattle from the local farms! Makes me wonder what REALLY dug that hole that they call a "natural spring".












    :D
     
  10. mike_s

    mike_s Blue Whale

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    They have a sign up at Morrison warning of Gators....

    I've got a pic of it somewhere...
    (I found a copy of it, but it's been photoshopped a little.... heh.)
     
  11. scubafool

    scubafool Great White

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    Yes, it is entirely possible that you could see an alligator while diving in Florida springs. I have seen them at Peacock Springs and Alexander Springs. I know that they removed the gators from Alexander not to long ago, and I beleive that the same has occurred at Peacock as well.

    Generally, they are not aggressive, and will leave you alone if you do the same. However, as others have said, that is not neccesarily true during mating season.
     
  12. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Scuba Instructor

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    At least in a decent spring, you have a chance at seeing them from a ways off. Try to grab one though and you see how fast those guys can move. Don't go trying to grab any gator if they're over 8' though - leave that to the experts, adrenalin junkies, women named named Eileen, and men named Bob or Stu.
     
  13. flatwood

    flatwood Single Diver

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    8' is not that large. Heck... I'm 6'2". :D
     
  14. simbrooks

    simbrooks Snr LayZboy Meteorologist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Of your 6'2", how big is your mouth???? Of their 8', at least 18" to 2' is all teeth ;)

    As for the gators being cold blooded - they hang out on the banks and go for a dip every now and then. They dont hang around in the water all day.
     
  15. Divergirl4U

    Divergirl4U Single Diver

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    Yes ;) this is Florida you can expect them in every body of fresh water
     
  16. ScubaIvan

    ScubaIvan Angel Fish

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    Thank you all for the insight. I will just need to keep a better eye out then.
     
  17. ce4jesus

    ce4jesus Manta Ray

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    Its not the gators you got to worry about....its those 30ft Burmese Pythons.
     
  18. PalatkaBoy

    PalatkaBoy Nassau Grouper

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    I believe Ber Rabbit and her crew ran into one at Alexander earlier this year. I've seen the photos on a thread so I assume they're loaded into her photo gallery.
     
  19. 427Dave

    427Dave Photographer

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  20. fldiver1

    fldiver1 Barracuda

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    If you live and dive in Florida, its just a fact of life. you go swimming around here, you swim with gators. Dont worry though, they are kinda like sharks. They stay away from ya unless they are REAL HUNGRY or REAL CURIOUS then they will come in and bump ya, may take a little nibble just to see whats what. But unlike sharks, GATORS LIKE THE TASTE!!! I here we taste like chicken to them!! HAHA JK

    Seriously though, just give me a wide berth and they most likely will do the same. I have seen gators on at least half my spring dive trips. Blue Spring, Alexander, Troy, etc. etc. They seem to always be around. Even had on swim RIGHT over my head at Alexander once. Never even looked at me but whenmy bubbles came up RIGHT under him(purged my regs under as he was swimming over) he shot away VERY FAST!! Didnt realize how fast they could swim!
     

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